Saracens - Aviva Premiership semi-final Match Preview: Saracens vs Wasps

May 18, 2018

Aviva Premiership semi-final Match Preview: Saracens vs Wasps


After 22 rounds, Saracens finished second in the Aviva Premiership to earn a home semi-final against formerly London rivals Wasps.

Team News

Jackson Wray will play at openside flanker on his 200th Saracens appearance with Billy Vunipola returning at Number 8.

The duo are joined in the back row by Nick Isiekwe while the front row is completely changed and George Kruis comes back in at lock.

Chris Wyles is on the wing, replacing Liam Williams (shoulder) and Alex Lozowski is at outside centre.

For full team news, click here.

The Opposition 

Wasps have an abundant of talent in their backline with Danny Cipriani and Jimmy Gopperth selected as their 10-12 axis.

The back three of Elliot Daly, Willie Le Roux and Christian Wade have 29 tries between them this term.

In the pack, England back row Nathan Hughes starts after recovering from a knee injury but James Haskell is absent with a foot problem.

For full Wasps team news, click here.

Last Time Out

Saracens defied two yellow cards in little over a minute to claim a bonus-point 38-15 victory at Wasps. Alex Goode (2), Chris Wyles, Schalk Burger and Ben Spencer all dotted down for the Men in Black at the Ricoh Arena, with Owen Farrell completing a haul of three penalties and two conversions.

We Said

Centre Alex Lozowski said: “The key thing is to have no switch-off moments. It’s a case of being 100 per cent alive for 80 minutes and making sure we don’t give them a sniff.”

They Said

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “Sarries are obviously a top side – their record over the last few years speaks for itself, so we know we will have to produce our best to beat them.”

How to follow

TV: Live on BT Sport 1 from 12H00
Radio: Live on BBC Radio London, BBC Radio 5 Live
Twitter: Follow #SarriesLive via @saracens

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